Kawthaung’s most popular address
No, we have no idea where the penguin comes into it, but Penguin Hotel has become a clear traveller fave in Kawthaung.
If you want to meet other foreign visitors -- useful for gleaning info or arranging transport, however anti-social you are -- then this is the place to do it. Rooms are tiny but spotless. Though perhaps slightly overpriced, overall they are still about the cheapest in town.
Penguin -- sometimes written Pingun -- is a new three-storey concrete building in the maze of ramshackle old houses that fill the narrow hillside lanes overlooking the waterfront. The location is fine and though only a two-minute walk from the market, it’s probably a good idea to get a tuk tuk to take you there the first time since it’s not that easy to find. Note due to the steep paths and steps tuk tuks have to take a wide loop around Bogyoke Road to reach it, so it will seem a lot further than it actually is.
Their rooms come in fan or air-con flavours, and as singles, doubles or twins. They are all very much on the small side. Lying on our bed in a single we were able to touch both walls at the same time. Rooms come with bathrooms but cold water only and they do have WiFi in the lobby, though like most places in town it was a struggle to connect. Breakfast is inclusive but forgettable. It’s served in a small downstairs cafe, which is a good spot to chat with fellow travellers. Reception has a fridge, so guests seem to congregate with cold beers on the guesthouse steps in an evening. While they do have a few simple noodle and rice dishes, the market and waterfront is only a short walk away. This is definitely more guesthouse than hotel.
Address: 339 Sabel (Jasmine) St, Kawthaung
T: (059) 51145, (092) 6056 6762; Thai: (081) 082 5256;
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º33'6.31" E, 9º58'49.65" N
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Room rates: Under US$20
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Sgl fan private bathroom|
|Dbl fan private bathroom|
|Dbl air-con private bathroom|
|1,260 kyat||1,260 kyat|
Based in Chiang Mai, Mark Ord has been travelling Southeast Asia for over two decades and first crossed paths with Travelfish on Ko Lipe in the early 1990s.
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